International, European and National Policy Relating to Biodiversity
Since the writing of the initial Biodiversity Action Plan in 2010, there has been a number of changes and developments in terms of national, European and global biodiversity targets and policies. The main policy updates and the way in which Bord na Móna has responded are outlined here:
The CBD Vision: “By 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved and restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people”
The cutaway bogs are home to a number of bird species including (above left) Wheatear and Lapwing (above right).
EU Vision and Headline Target: The EU has articulated its long-term vision as “by 2050 EU Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides – its natural capital – are protected, valued and appropriately restored for biodiversity’s intrinsic value and for their essential contribution to human well-being and economic prosperity, and so that catastrophic changes caused by the loss of biodiversity are avoided”
Ireland’s Vision: “That biodiversity and ecosystems in Ireland are conserved and restored, delivering benefits essential for all sectors of society and that Ireland contributes to efforts to halt the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems in the EU and globally”
As a member of the European Union, Ireland contributes to the work of conserving biodiversity in the entire territory of the 27 Member States.
Cloonshannagh raised bog remnant (bog restored in 2014).
In terms of Bord na Móna’s input to the National Biodiversity Plan (2011-2016), the company was part of the initial consultations carried out in 2008 and continued to input to the plan up to its final publication in 2011. The key specific inputs were in relation to Objective 4, Target 10 and its component actions:
Kilberry Wetlands, created in 2013 on cutaway bog.
Each of these aspects is highlighted in the company’s Sustainability 2030 report (2015) and will continue to be developed over the course of the Biodiversity Action Plan 2016-2021.
The Strategy represents a new approach to peatland management in Ireland, considering the full range of peatland types and uses.
Bord na Móna wetland areas are important sites for breeding wetland birds.